Arrived on time. Did a very good job, explaining how the process works. Worked tidily and changed to indoor shoes each time he came into the house. Got to the bottom of the banging problem with heating system that two other plumbers had failed to sort out. We are delighted with the results!”
Very pleased with Powerflush. Very polite, thorough job, clean & tidy, friendly – did a proper job. Really happy.”
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Oxfordshire is a landlocked county in the far west of the South East England government statistical region. The ceremonial county is bounded to the north-west by Warwickshire, to the north-east by Northamptonshire, to the east by Buckinghamshire, to the south by Berkshire, to the south-west by Wiltshire, and to the west by Gloucestershire.
The county is known for its concentrations of performance motorsport, car manufacturing, and technology companies, as well as its significant education and tourism industries. The University of Oxford is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading universities, with a concentration of local technology and science activities at locations such as the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, and Oxford University Press is the largest firm among a concentration of print and publishing firms.
Banbury, Bicester, Kidlington, and Chipping Norton are to the north of Oxford; Carterton and Witney are to the west; Thame and Chinnor are to the east; and Abingdon-on-Thames, Wantage, Didcot, Wallingford, and Henley-on-Thames are to the south. The historic county of Berkshire included all of its zones south of the Thames, including the Vale of White Horse and parts of South Oxfordshire, as well as the highest point, the 261-metre (856-ft) White Horse Hill.
The snake’s-head fritillary is the county flower of Oxfordshire.
Oxfordshire was established as a county in the early 10th century, and it is located between the River Thames to the south, the Cotswolds to the west, the Chilterns to the east, and the Midlands to the north, with spur roads running south to Henley-on-Thames and north to Banbury.
Although it had some significance as a valuable agricultural land area in the country’s center, it was largely ignored by the Romans and did not grow in importance until the formation of a settlement at Oxford in the eighth century. Alfred the Great was born in Wantage, Vale of White Horse, across the Thames. The University of Oxford was established in 1096, but its collegiate structure did not emerge until much later. During the Middle Ages and early modern period, the university in the county town of Oxford (whose name came from Anglo-Saxon Oxenaford = “ford for oxen”) grew in importance. From the 13th century, the area was a part of the Cotswolds wool trade, which generated a lot of wealth, especially in the western parts of the county in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. In 1912, Morris Motors was established in Oxford, bringing heavy industry to an otherwise agricultural county. Agriculture’s importance as an employer declined rapidly in the twentieth century; today[when?] due to high mechanisation, it employs less than one percent of the county’s population. Nonetheless, Oxfordshire is a very agricultural county in terms of land use, with a lower population than neighboring Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, both of which are smaller.
The county was divided into fourteen hundreds for the majority of its history: Bampton, Banbury, Binfield, Bloxham, Bullingdon, Chadlington, Dorchester, Ewelme, Langtree, Lewknor, Pyrton, Ploughley, Thame, and Wootton.
The main army unit in the area, the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, was based at Cowley Barracks on Bullingdon Green in Cowley.
The Vale of White Horse district and parts of the South Oxfordshire administrative district south of the Thames were historically part of Berkshire, but under the Local Government Act 1972, Abingdon, Didcot, Faringdon, Wallingford, and Wantage were added to the administrative county of Oxfordshire in 1974. The Caversham area of Reading, which is now administratively in Berkshire, was historically part of Oxfordshire, as was the parish of Stokenchurch, which is now administratively in Buckinghamshire. Oxford city areas south of the Thames, such as Grandpont, were transferred much earlier, in 1889.
Oxfordshire is home to three designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Cotswolds are to the north-west, while the open chalk hills of the North Wessex Downs and wooded hills of the Chilterns are to the south and south-east. The ironstone of the Cherwell uplands can be found in the county’s north. The Ridgeway National Trail, Macmillan Way, Oxfordshire Way, and D’Arcy Dalton Way are among the county’s long-distance walks.
Points of extremes
Southernmost point: 51°27′34.74′′N 0°56′48.3′′W, near Thames and Kennet Marina, Playhatch Northernmost point: 52°10′6.58′′N 1°19′54.92′′W, near Claydon Hay Farm, Claydon Southernmost point: 52°10′6.58′′N 1°19′54.92′′W, near Claydon Hay Farm, Claydon
Westwell’s westernmost point is located at 51°46′59.73′′N 1°43′9.68′′W, near Downs Farm.
51°30′14.22′′N 0°52′13.99′′W, River Thames, near Lower Shiplake Rivers and canals
The Thames with its flat floodplains runs from the mid-point western edge to the southeast corner of Oxfordshire, via the city in the middle; this river forms the historic limit with Berkshire, and remains so on some lowest reaches. The Thames Path National Trail follows the river from the upper estuary to its headwaters.
Many smaller rivers in the county, such as the Thame, Windrush, Evenlode, and Cherwell, feed into the Thames. Some of these have trails that run through their valleys. The Oxford Canal connects to the Midlands by following the Cherwell from Banbury through Kidlington into Oxford, where it joins the navigable Thames. Approximately 15% of the historically named Wilts & Berks Canal has been restored to navigability on a sporadic basis, including the county-relevant 140 metres near Abingdon-on-Thames where it could, if restored, meet the Thames.
The green belt
Oxford Green Belt Oxfordshire contains a green belt area that fully envelops the city of Oxford and extends for several miles to protect surrounding towns and villages from inappropriate development and urban growth. It shares a portion of its eastern border with the Buckinghamshire county boundary, and a portion of its southern border with the North Wessex Downs AONB. It was first drawn up in the 1950s, and it runs through all of the county’s districts.
This is a trend chart of Oxfordshire’s regional gross value added at current basic prices from the Office for National Statistics, with figures in millions of British pounds sterling.